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If invited for GES, would try to stop by India: Barack Obama

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Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that he might visit India next year if invited for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

“I’ll try to stop by if I’m invited,” Obama said in his address to GES at Stanford University in California.

GES is a personal initiative of Obama to bring entrepreneurs from across the globe on one platform.

After meeting Obama at the White House early this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would host the next GES.

The Obama Administration has thanked India for continuing Obama’s legacy.

“It is really fitting that we are all gathered here for this, the final gathering of the GES under President Obama. But it will continue, and as you all know, will take place next year in India,” Secretary of State John Kerry had said in his address to the summit on Thursday.

The first GES was held in the US in 2010 thereafter it has been hosted by Turkey, UAE, Malaysia, Morocco and Kenya.

Over 700 entrepreneurs and more than 300 investors from 170 countries are attending the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. India has also sent a large contingent.

During his visit to the US early this month, Modi had invited Obama to India.

Obama is the first American president to visit India twice.

A senior administration official said Obama is unlikely to visit India in the remaining seven months of his presidency but did not rule out his travel along with that of the First Lady after they leave the White House next year.

—PTI

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